Friday December 8, 2006

LSA 2007 Schedule

As anyone who has attended can tell you (and I've mentioned before), the annual Linguistic Society of America meeting offers a daunting array of events.  This year on Saturday afternoon, for example, it looks like there are going to be about a dozen parallel talks, poster sessions, symposia, and workshops, so it's important to plan ahead to make the most of the conference.  To help you do so, I emailed the nice people at the LSA, got a copy of the schedule of events, put it into a consistent file format, figured out the iCal format, wrote a few (dozen) lines of Perl code, et voila!  The entire schedule for the conference is available as a public calendar on Google Calendar.

I've put up two calendars.  One, titled "LSA 2007 Sessions", contains an event for each of the various sessions, speeches, workshops, and so forth, with individual talks listed in the description.  This is probably the right one to use for most purposes, since searching for titles and presenters is very easy (this is Google we're talking about).  I also put up a calendar titled "LSA 2007 Talks" that contains the individual talks, each as a separate event with the session listed as the location.  This one is really only a supplement to the other calendar—it doesn't contain all the speeches, for example, so you don't want to rely only on it.  It's also pretty hard to manage so many simultaneous items in a single calendar, but you can copy the individual talks you're interested in to your own calendar to avoid the clutter.

You can subscribe to the calendars with the following links:

LSA 2007 Sessions
LSA 2007 Talks

You can also find them using Google Calendar's "Search Public Events" feature—or at least you you will shortly, they don't seem to be indexed yet—but if you don't use Google Calendar, don't despair, they're available in a variety of other formats for viewing or download:

LSA 2007 Sessions:  XML, iCal, HTML
LSA 2007 Talks:  XML, iCal, HTML

Let me know if you have any trouble or find any errors.  The schedule is up-to-date as of today, but it's always possible something will change at the last minute.  As always with volunteer work, no warranty is expressed or implied—if you rely on this calendar and wind up an hour late for your own talk, you have only yourself to blame.  Enjoy!

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At least in iCal, some of the talks seem to be showing up funny. Some of them have titles like Nigeria), eastern Indonesia, and and English.

Posted by: includedmiddle at Dec 8, 2006 9:47:54 AM

Whoops! You're right. Repairs in progress...

Posted by: The Tensor at Dec 8, 2006 12:29:13 PM

OK, fixed it. Apparently, iCal doesn't like commas or semicolons in descriptions and summaries—they have to be escaped with a backslash. All better now.

Posted by: The Tensor at Dec 8, 2006 12:53:41 PM

Hmmm. I've not used Google Calendar before. Looking at it now, it particularly easier than just searching the PDF of the schedule? (Especially since, being in EST, I have to mentally convert everything on the online calendar from my current local time to the conference's local time.)

--Lance (Friday, 2pm, Semantics: Tense and Aspect)

Posted by: Lance at Dec 8, 2006 2:16:47 PM

Awesome, thanks so much for this! I use Google Calendar extensively and hadn't even considered that I could use it for the meeting. A few things are still messed up (for example a certain panel supposedly takes place at "Scalar Meaning" - now that has some philosophical implications!) but it's still very helpful.
Anything in particular you'll be attending? Just curious, I'm there for the first time...

Posted by: Cornelius Puschmann at Dec 19, 2006 12:21:16 AM